Home Health Parents News Now Kids Born in America Have Higher Allergy Risks Kids Born in America Have Higher Allergy Risks By Holly Lebowitz Rossi May 03, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_135469871 30300 After adjusting for age, race, sex, ethnicity and other variables, the scientists found that children born outside the United States were 48 percent less likely to suffer from allergic diseases like asthma, eczema, hay fever and food allergies. The researchers reported their findings in an online article Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Children with American-born parents had higher rates of allergies than children with foreign-born parents, and having two foreign-born parents reduced the risk for allergy even more than having one. Just living in the United States appeared to increase the risk — foreign-born children who lived in the United States for 10 years or more were more than three times as likely to have allergies as those who lived here for two years or less. Image: Child with hay fever, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Kids Born in America Have Higher Allergy Risks Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.